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Circumnavigation of Sumatra

Singapore Roundtrip - Example 19 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Embark on a 19-day Coral Geographer expedition, circling Indonesia's diverse Sumatra. Explore pristine beaches, cultures, and ecosystems. From Singapore, discover rock formations at Tinggi Beach, engage in workshops, learn history at HMAS Perth, delve into Anak Krakatau's volcanic past, and witness Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon Park. Engage with locals in Bengkulu, experience Medan's culture, and visit Aceh's Tsunami Museum. Uncover Siberut's wildlife, Padang's landscapes, and Sikuai Island. Cross the Strait of Malacca and return to Singapore, enriched by Sumatra's biodiversity and heritage. 
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Highlights
  • pristine beaches and turquoise waters, starting from Singapore
  • Encounter Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon and join Sumatran tiger conservation efforts
  • Witness history at HMAS Perth and explore Anak Krakatau's volcano
  • Sail through the Strait of Malacca, a bustling trade route connecting world
Places Visited
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Singapore | Embark

Board the Coral Geographer at 4:00pm at the Harbour front Passenger Terminal and settle into a stateroom before the departure at 5:00pm as the ship sails south towards Belitung on a clockwise circumnavigation of Sumatra.

Day 2-4: Days at Sea

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
This itinerary includes a total of 3 days at sea to reach these destinations. During sea days, passengers can relax or participate in the Expedition Team's fascinating program of interactive workshops and informative presentations. Passengers can also join the Captain for welcome drinks and meet the crew and fellow travelers as the sun sets.

Tinggi Beach | Belitung Island
Today, the ship docks at Belitung Island on Sumatra's east coast. Passengers can hop on the Xplorer for a quick ride to Tinggi Beach, famous for its tranquil white sand, turquoise waters, and granite rocks. Here, you can swim, beachcomb, or take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline to discover unique rock formations.

HMAS Perth & Anak Krakatau | Sunda Strait
Spend the day at sea, learning about the region's history. They hear about the HMAS Perth, a WWII cruiser sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait. A remembrance ceremony occurs as the ship passes its wreck. Passengers also learn about Anak Krakatau, a volcanic island formed after Krakatau's 1883 eruption, which is actively studied by volcanologists due to its youth and frequent eruptions.

Day 4-17: Explore Indonesia

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
Ujung Kulon
Situated in Java's southwest, this national park includes Ujung Kulon peninsula, offshore islands, and the renowned Krakatau reserve. It features the largest remaining lowland rainforests in the Java plain, home to diverse plant and animal species, including the endangered Javan rhinoceros. The park also showcases various marine ecosystems, like rocky shores, mangroves, coral reefs, and sea trenches, providing fascinating glimpses into the underwater world. During guided tours, park rangers lead small groups along a 1.2km trail through pristine rainforests, sharing insights on geological features, biodiversity, conservation, and park challenges. They explain the intricate mangrove ecology, visit the Ciduan grazing ground to look for rhino footprints and wildlife, and recommend bringing binoculars to spot birds and other creatures.

Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation
Head to Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation in Sumatra's southwest. Covering 45,000 hectares, including a 14,082-hectare marine park, it safeguards endemic species like tigers and sunbears. We'll explore the jungle in safari jeeps, learn about Sumatran tigers, local community efforts against poaching and habitat loss, and visit a village supporting the center's mission.

Enggano Island | Dua Island
About 100km southwest of Sumatra lies Enggano Island, one of Indonesia's 92 outlying islands. The Enggano people, one of Sumatra's oldest tribes, are ethnically linked to Java and Sumatra's indigenous tribes. Our day includes snorkeling, swimming at Dua Island's pristine beaches, a visit to the unique Bak Blau freshwater spring, possible exploration of a local village, and sunset views from this remote island.

Bengkulu
Established in 1968 by separating a region from South Sumatra, Bengkulu boasts a diverse history influenced by the Srivijaya empire, Portuguese, Dutch, and British presence. It's inhabited by various indigenous groups, primarily Rejangs, followed by Javanese and minorities, along with non-indigenous ethnicities from Indonesia. Today, we explore Bengkulu's early history, architecture, markets, and traditional Indonesian medicine, including sampling Jamu. We also visit Besurek Batik village to discover unique Arabic calligraphy motifs and Rafflesia flower designs in their batik art.

Padang | Sikuai Island
Today, we reach Padang, historically a trading hub for pepper and gold. Dutch and British rule shaped the city until Indonesia's independence. Influenced by the Minangkabau people, known for their matrilineal descent and 16th-century Islam conversion, Padang offers a cultural walking tour showcasing Dutch, English, Chinese, and Minangkabau architecture by the old port. We'll visit local markets and the unique Masjid Raya Sumatera Barat mosque. In the afternoon, we'll explore Sikuai Island's tropical forests, white sands, and coral reefs, with opportunities for hiking and sunset views from the peak.

Siberut Island
Renowned for its rich biodiversity, primates, and fringing coral reefs. The island's diverse geography, including mangrove forests, Barringtonia forests, hills, and swamps, creates a unique ecosystem. In the morning, enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the marine life at the island's southern end. After lunch on the Coral Geographer, embark on an Xplorer cruise to Katurei Bay, where remote local villages thrive on fishing and foraging, offering an opportunity to engage with the locals.

Tanah Balah Channel | Marit Island​
Embark on the Xplorer for a cruise along the Tanahbala Channel, nestled between Tanah Balah and Tanah Masa Islands, surrounded by coral reefs. Explore coastal villages, and unique rock and reef formations, and observe birdlife in this secluded area accessible only by small boats. In the evening, savor beach drinks on Marit Island, precisely at the equator (zero degrees latitude), marking the midpoint between the North and South poles, dividing the Earth into two equal hemispheres.

South Nias
Nias preserves megalithic traditions, including the renowned Stone Jumping ritual, where young men leap over two-meter stone towers. The island also boasts hauntingly beautiful music, mainly performed by women. Visit UNESCO-recognized Bawomataluo Village, featuring megalithic monuments, traditional houses, and rituals. In the evening, savor a Cultural Festivity on South Nias Island, featuring traditional dance, music, and local cuisine, offering insights into the island's rich heritage.

North Nias
This morning, we explore the lesser-visited northern part of Nias, recently accessible. We receive a traditional welcome with the Eagle Dance in Sisarahili Teluk Siabang village and sample local sweets. Our local interpreter and guide lead us through the mangrove forest, sharing insights on community initiatives for this remote fishing village. In the afternoon, we make an expeditionary stop at Sena Island, offering beachcombing, swimming, snorkeling, and exploration of its two lakes.

Simeulue, Aceh
Aceh, with unique autonomy in Indonesia, practices Sharia law for Muslims living there. Respectful, conservative dress is appreciated by locals. Simeulue residents are known for vibrant dance art, featuring colorful costumes and live percussion performances. Visit Aluan, an organic coconut oil producer, for an educational tour on sustainable supply chains. Explore the Sinabang Arts and Cultural Centre to experience Nandong, a popular oral tradition, and Kedang drum performances. After lunch, the Coral Geographer sails to Simuat Island, home to coral beaches and cliffs. Snorkeling and swimming are on the agenda for a relaxing afternoon.

Banda Aceh, Aceh
In Banda Aceh, remember the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and pay tribute at the museum and memorial park. Afterward, explore the city and shop for souvenirs. In the evening, enjoy dinner onboard with a performance of the UNESCO-listed Saman Dance, a fast-paced traditional dance known for its rhythmic harmony among dancers, performed without musical instruments.

Medan
Medan, the capital of North Sumatra, offers a guided tour showcasing its multicultural essence. Experience a cultural performance, try Durian fruit, visit the Sultan of Delhi's Palace, photograph enduring Dutch and English Art Deco buildings, and delve into Batak Karo people's culture and history. Explore the old town on a becak tour for a taste of local life.


 

Day 18: Day at Sea | Strait of Malacca

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Strait of Malacca is a narrow stretch of water 800km long between the Malay Peninsula to the northeast and Sumatra to the southwest, connecting the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the busiest and most important trade and strategic routes in the world. The strait was named after the Malacca Sultanate that ruled over it between 1400 and 1511. Over 120,000 ships now pass through the Strait every year, creating a billion-dollar highway for transporting goods such as oil, gas, and manufactured products. This trade route accounts for a third of the world's trade and 50% of its oil shipments. Participants will spend the day relaxing before the circumnavigation is completed, and the journey arrives back in Singapore the next morning.

Day 19: Singapore | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning, arrival in Singapore is scheduled for 7:00 am. Participants are encouraged to bid farewell to the Master, crew, and fellow guests before disembarking at 8:00 am.

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
Promenade Deck Stateroom
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

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Included
  • 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners
  • 18 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchases
  • Optional Extras (in some destinations)
  • Scuba Diving 

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